It is a common message during the holiday season: don’t get caught up in materialism, remember the “true meaning of Christmas” and acknowledge the idea that Jesus is the greatest gift of all. However, this can be difficult to put into practice especially when the stress and busy schedules begin to form around this time of year.
One of the ways we can remember Jesus during this season is to focus on Him during the times of tension that inevitably come up. When the travel, purchases and conversations with relatives start to take a toll, we can take a moment to remember the gift of Jesus and the peace He can bring during times of anxiety. He is there for us when the stress begins to build, but we should also seek Him in the moments of joy, too. This is just as important to practice when things start to get hectic.
Countless arguments have been made to “keep Christ in Christmas”—but we should also be asking where He is throughout the entire year. He wants to be a part of our life during all twelve months, not just at Christmas.
For Christians, this season commemorates not Jesus’ sacrifice of himself on the cross, like Easter does, but the gift God gave the world when He sent His son to earth.
When we remember this concept, we “keep Christ in Christmas” by using this time to return to Him at the end of the year. We can reflect on the ways in which our lives have changed, expanded, grown or even minimized in important ways.
Christmas as a religious holiday is a special reminder. For Christians, this season commemorates not Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself on the cross, like Easter does, but the gift God gave the world when He sent His son to earth. As we celebrate this special occasion, we take a moment to think of those around Jesus at that time—His mother, Mary, and His father, Joseph.
These two characters in this story are essential to our understanding of the lessons we get from this story. They teach us how we, as mere humans, can trust God even in the difficult times when we are unsure how life is going to turn out.
The holidays are a time when many people come together to be with their own families, but we can do the same with God. We can return to God at the end of the year, reflecting on all He has done in our life and acknowledge that He knows best what lies ahead. When we keep Him in the fold, and keep our relationship with Him strong, we can trust where He is leading us and appreciate all He has given us thus far because of His great love.